Best family days out in Lanarkshire for the summer holidays

The school holidays have finally arrived, which means parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles across the area will be scrambling for ways to entertain and exhaust the kids.

With Europe’s second largest trampoline park, Scotland’s only working heritage tramway and a safari-inspired outdoor art exhibition, there’s plenty to do in Lanarkshire which won’t require breaking open the piggy bank.

Our guide to the best family days out in Lanarkshire will help you make the most of the summer break.


1.     The BIG Stampede

This summer you don’t need to travel the world for the ultimate safari experience, as Lanarkshire has welcomed more than 100 safari animals as part of The BIG Stampede.

Perfect for all ages, the free art exhibition sees colourful sculptures including elephants, lions, gorillas, giraffes and rhinos, set up home across Hamilton, before they’ll be auctioned off for charity in September.

The animals can be found roaming around at various sites, including Regent Shopping Centre, Strathclyde Country Park and Chatelherault.

To help you explore the display, we’ve picked out our top ten must see animals and you can share your pictures with us using the hashtag #bigstampede172. 



2. Family Days Itineraries

With our pre-planned family days’ itineraries, you won’t need to worry about a thing.

We’ve worked out everything from travel times, to the best transport links to help you visit some of Lanarkshire’s biggest and most popular attractions.

From Europe’s second largest extreme trampoline park, to water sports activities at Strathclyde Country Park there is lots to keep the family occupied.


3.     Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

 School might be out, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop!

Located on the site of an important 19th century ironworks, the museum explores Lanarkshire’s industrial past, and is home to Scotland’s only operational heritage tramway, as well as an underground mine.

When the weather is up to its usual tricks, you can wander around the exhibition hall which houses working machinery as well as a kids’ playpark.  

4. Time Capsule

 Splash around in the Tsunami wave pool, relax in the lazy river or challenge the family to a race down the Thunder and Lighting twisting flumes.

 A trip to the Time Capsule is the perfect activity for a wet summer afternoon.


5.    Cuningar Loop

If the kids start to get restless, then a trip to Cuningar Loop is perfect to help the little ones burn off that extra energy.

There is no cost to visit the woodland park, which has 15 hectares of adventure play areas, bike tracks and Scotland’s first outdoor bouldering park.

While the kids run wild, you can sit back and enjoy the much needed ‘you time’ in the designated picnic area.


 6.   British Transplant Games

 Take the family out to support the competitors at the 40th annual Westfield Health British Transplant Games.

Taking place for the first time in Lanarkshire, between 27th July 2017 and 30th July 2017, the event aims to raise awareness of transplantation as well as encourage transplant patients to regain fitness.

With track, field and swimming events taking place across Lanarkshire there is plenty to enjoy.

Follow the games online using the hashtag #WHBTG2017


For more information on Lanarkshire’s most popular attractions check out our dedicated activities page.

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